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[shurt-weyst] /ˈʃɜrtˌweɪst/
a tailored blouse or shirt worn by women.
Also called shirt-dress, shirtwaist dress, shirtwaister. a dress with a bodice and a front opening tailored like those of a dress shirt.
Origin of shirtwaist
First recorded in 1875-80; shirt + waist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then she pulled down her shirtwaist all around and went down to supper.

    Roast Beef, Medium Edna Ferber
  • Just as well as you can make a shirtwaist, replied Helen, unruffled.

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
  • "I'd like to suggest a couple of shirtwaist cases," said Mrs. Smith.

  • She dodged back out of sight, for she had removed her shirtwaist.

    Ruth Fielding Down in Dixie Alice B. Emerson
  • Believe me, I wish I had half a dollar for every shirtwaist I bought off him in my life!

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • And it was sticking in her shirtwaist frill, just where she had put it when Polly gave it to her.

    The Diamond Pin

    Carolyn Wells
  • She had dressed herself in a simple skirt and shirtwaist of spotless white.

    The Foolish Virgin Thomas Dixon
  • She accented papa and mamma on the last syllable and leaned forward and looked upward like a shirtwaist Madonna.

    In Our Town William Allen White
  • These last qualities would handicap any girl in love, no matter how clear her skin or white her shirtwaist.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • She was dressed simply in a shirtwaist and a dark skirt, but Honora thought her striking looking.

    A Modern Chronicle, Complete Winston Churchill

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